Special Report

States Where Investing in Parks Pays Off the Most

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30. Arizona
> Value added from parks as % of GDP: 0.25%
> Overall value added from parks: $915.8 million — #20 highest
> GDP, 2019: $367 billion — #20 highest
> Park jobs: 13,938 — #22 most
> Park-related labor income: $501.8 million — #21 highest

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29. Arkansas
> Value added from parks as % of GDP: 0.25%
> Overall value added from parks: $324.3 million — #35 highest
> GDP, 2019: $130.8 billion — #35 highest
> Park jobs: 5,686 — #36 most
> Park-related labor income: $168.8 million — #36 highest

28. Nebraska
> Value added from parks as % of GDP: 0.25%
> Overall value added from parks: $328.3 million — #34 highest
> GDP, 2019: $131.3 billion — #34 highest
> Park jobs: 5,536 — #37 most
> Park-related labor income: $212.8 million — #34 highest

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27. Texas
> Value added from parks as % of GDP: 0.26%
> Overall value added from parks: $4.8 billion — #5 highest
> GDP, 2019: $1.9 trillion — #2 highest
> Park jobs: 62,519 — #4 most
> Park-related labor income: $2,854.36 million — #4 highest

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26. Montana
> Value added from parks as % of GDP: 0.26%
> Overall value added from parks: $135.7 million — #44 highest
> GDP, 2019: $51.8 billion — #48 highest
> Park jobs: 2,394 — #44 most
> Park-related labor income: $86.5 million — #43 highest

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